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08-20-2014 03:31 PM
ChunksDad szariksdad.. Thanks for the input, I have a small pile of treats at the end of the 6-70 treat track. He has to platz when he gets to that point but it is usually during the devouring stage. I usually set up small pads along the way but haven't started to make him platz at those because there are just a few treats there.
We are about ready to start tracking on a grass field. If I can I will be getting to it on Saturday otherwise most tracking is done on soft sandy (Central Calif. dirt)
or hard pack before we go to training. (2-3x per week)
Any suggestions on how to get started on grass would be greatly appreciated, thanks..

Phil
08-19-2014 11:55 PM
Steve Strom Thanks for the video. I enjoy watching them.
08-19-2014 11:50 PM
robk
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When I introduced them on the actual track, it sounds like I do It similar to what the other poster mentioned. Its from Ivan, but I have some of those plastic soap containers like you use for camping, I start off with that at the end of some tracks, then I put the articles on those so the food is under the article.

He looks good, that cut, dry looking grass is probably difficult.
Yeah, I was kind of disappointed when I got to the field and saw that is was fresh cut. Sensory overload there but he did fine with the actual track. The articles were a little challenging for him for some reason. We will keep working at it. This is the field that the club uses. I have another field by my house that I practice at about every other day. It is much nicer and the articles are easier to find. This probably makes him a bit lazy. Thanks for the input!
08-19-2014 11:44 PM
Steve Strom When I introduced them on the actual track, it sounds like I do It similar to what the other poster mentioned. Its from Ivan, but I have some of those plastic soap containers like you use for camping, I start off with that at the end of some tracks, then I put the articles on those so the food is under the article.

He looks good, that cut, dry looking grass is probably difficult.
08-19-2014 11:18 PM
robk
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Hey Rob, did you do any work with the articles off the track?
Steve, Yes. He is actually pretty good with articles but not 100% on the track. Getting there though. To train the articles I would lay them around the house and have him down at each article. I did this long before I started him on them at the track. When he was 100% on articles off the track I then started adding them to the track. He is doing pretty good. We will get there. I hate to make excuses because it just boils down to needing more training. Practice, Practice, Practice (for both of us).
08-19-2014 10:54 PM
Steve Strom Hey Rob, did you do any work with the articles off the track?
08-19-2014 10:52 PM
szariksdad Chunks Dad, luckily we have no red ants here in CO but have other problems though. From people in Florida I have heard they do shorter tracks with only a few pieces of food for learning so they are not a problem but others here from Florida might say otherwise.

Rob one thing I would encourage while he is still learning is to reinforce the down at the article with a command right now so he remembers what he is supposed to be doing.
08-19-2014 10:44 PM
lhczth Line handling is not always easy to learn especially "by the rules" but you never want to lose points because of your mistakes.
08-19-2014 05:50 PM
ChunksDad Not really boring to me... I am just learning about tracking and using food still. He has begun to search from step to step and get the treats but several time lately we have run into some ants.. The first time he toughed it out and ate the ants, after that he skips the treats.. I am really looking forward to his getting out of the food stage... Off to track tonite before training... Great film, I aspire to be where you are...
Thanks for the post..
Phil
08-19-2014 05:18 PM
robk
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Not bad at all, maybe keep a more even pressure on the leash not times where super loose and other times a little tight. For articles I have learned to leave it down in front of him and make that the dinner plate where he gets food from. Remember put as much value in the article as you want him to develop and he will never miss the article.
I know I need to work on my own handling skills. He is hitting his articles about 70%. We will get there. Thanks for the input!
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